One of the great things about science is that researchers get to ask interesting questions, work with incredible animals and go to some pretty special places. I've been fortunate to travel to many parts of the world working on behaviour, from the steep slopes of Mount Cook in New Zealand chasing Kea, through to the surprising splendour of the Western Treatment Plant (WTP) in Victoria, one of the world's great birding locations. While the hours can be long and the work physical, the rewards far outweigh these. Below are some of the research topics that the lab has investigated.
- Noisy Miners: communication, networks, cooperation
- Bell Miners: kin selection in complex societies
- Bell Miner Associated Dieback (BMAD)
- Sex allocation and dimorphism in raptors
Good day out near WTP, just don't go swimming...
Taking down equipment near Gosford, NSW for an experiment testing the importance of predation pressure on the evolution of begging signals. It got damp at times.
Working very hard looking for Kea at Mount Cook, New Zealand.